A message from Alabama State Coordinator Marcia Chambliss to all members of ALABAMA Smart Girls! on Smart Girl Politics!
(Due to this being a time-sensitive issue, the below contains info copied from various grass root groups.)
"Sen. Scott Beason, the Senate sponsor of last year’s immigration enforcement law, introduced legislation (SB 541) to clarify the law and make it easier to enforce. This is good news since the House passed legislation (HB 658) that would weaken the law. With House leaders and business groups backing HB 658, we’ll need to fight to get SB 541 enacted."
However, "Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said the Senate will take up a House-passed bill to revise the immigration law rather than one being pushed by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale. Marsh said the House-passed bill has had input from lots of groups and legislators and had always been the one the leadership plan to pursue. Marsh predicted the Senate Judiciary Committee will approve Hammon's bill on Wednesday, which will put it in line for Senate debate."
The hearing is this afternoon at 4 p.m. and the following senators need to hear from those who do not want the illegal immigration law weakened. The House version of the bill is 80+ pages to "tweak" last year's bill but Sen. Beason's version is much shorter and leaves much more of the original bill intact.
Sen. Paul Sanford (Chair) - (334) 242-7867
Sen. Slade Blackwell (Vice Chair) - (334) 242-7851
Sen. Greg Reed - (334) 242-7894
Sen. Clay Scofield - (334) 242-7876
Sen. Phil Williams - (334) 242-7857
Sen. Jerry Fielding - (334) 242-7898
Sen. Tammy Irons - (334) 242-7888
Sen. Linda Coleman - (334) 242-7864
Contacting Senate President Pro Tem Marsh
Please call and email Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (334-242-7877; Email form) with the message:
“I am an Alabama voter who is proud that our state enacted an immigration-enforcement law last year. And I am grateful that Sen. Beason introduced SB 541, which would clarify, not weaken our law. Please support passage of SB 541 and oppose HB 658, a House-passed bill that would weaken the law. The law has been attacked by special interest groups that oppose all immigration enforcement and a like-minded media. Don't listen to them. Alabama voters support keeping the law strong, especially those who are unemployed and competing with illegal aliens for construction and other jobs.”